Elementary resources: Earth science
4th - 12th grade
Students learn how climate change impacts the ocean through activities that help them understand ocean acidification, melting ice caps, and thermal expansion of water.
3rd - 5th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students use scientific inquiry and data gathering skills to learn about force, motion, and ocean currents using the true story of toys that fell off a ship during a storm and drifted to various places.
K - 4th grade • Teacher guide
Students learn about Earth systems through science-based fictional story books and accompanying lesson plans. The seven books in this series cover air quality, climate, clouds, Earth system, seasons, soil, and water.
4th - 5th grade • Uses data • Links to standards
Students test different water samples, analyze their results, and share their ideas about how to improve the experimental design.
3rd - 8th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn about how ocean acidification affects the olfactory senses of clownfish.
2nd - 4th grade • Links to standards
Students are introduced to hydrography, make their own sounding box, and map the “ocean floor” of another group's sounding box.
4th - 8th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data
Students conduct local marine debris surveys and enter their data into a national database, becoming stewards of their communities.
5th - 6th grade • Links to standards
Students learn about the role methane hydrates played in animal evolution during the Cambrian Explosion, 541 million years ago. Students also learn how methane hydrates may contribute to climate change.
3rd - 5th grade
Students learn about ocean floor features and how scientists explore and map these underwater landscapes.
K - 1st grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn about severe weather and severe weather preparedness in this collection of lesson plans.
4th - 6th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students learn how sand forms, how to recognize different types, and how to tell sand apart from soil and other small particles.
5th - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data • Links to standards
In this collection of five lessons, students learn about albatrosses, their migration patterns, and how they are impacted by marine debris.